Trees on the Tees Holiday Parties

Host your winter wonderland Holiday party at Hickory Point Banquet Center during Decatur’s newest holiday tradition, Trees on the Tees. Your party of 50 guest or more will include 2-hour banquet rental from 6 – 8 p.m., appetizers, dessert, bar service, linens, and Holiday décor. After, treat your guests to an enchanting cart ride through trees on the tees!

Book fast! Limited Dates Available: December 8-11 & 14-18

Parties must be booked by November 4.

Contact Lily at or 217-560-8732 for pricing and available dates.

Overlook Adventure Park Glow Ropes Event

Head out to Overlook Adventure Park on Saturday September 17 from 8:00 – 10:30 p.m. for the first ever, Glow Ropes Course Event. Climb up high on the Ropes course lit by LED lights. Guests are welcome to take the course in 30 min intervals. Prices are $9 for ages 4 – 12 and $12 for 13 and up. Reservations are required for this event. To reserve your spot,  call 217-429-7750!

Cancelled Board Meeting, August 3, 2022


The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Decatur Park District scheduled for Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at 12 o’clock noon has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. All Agenda items will be addressed at the Wednesday, August 17, 2022 Board meeting.

The agenda stood as follows:

1. Approval of Minutes and Executive Session Minutes of the Previous Meeting
2. Bills of Approval
1. Approval of the Purchase of an Aerial Bucket Truck
2. Approval of a Bid to Stabilize and Resurface Faries Park Road
3. Approval of a Bid to Replace the Basketball Court at Sinawik Park



AGENDA 8-03-22 Notice-Cancellation pdf

Shelith Hansbro to fill the unexpired term for a Park Board Commissioner seat!

DECATUR, IL – The Decatur Park Board of Commissioners has selected a candidate to fill the unexpired term for a Park Board Commissioner seat. On Monday, the Decatur Park Board of Commissioners selected Shelith Hansbro to complete the remaining term ending April 2023.

The Board’s appointment of Hansbro to the vacant Commissioner position endorses its goal to have individuals in leadership who are involved in the community, committed to serving the Park District, and offer a set of skills that enhances the Board.

“The Board of Commissioners were impressed by Hansbro’s leadership experience, and commitment to public service. She’s a good fit for the role and we are confident she will uphold the mission of the Decatur Park District” stated Bob Brilley II, President of the Decatur Park Board of Commissioners.

Hansbro is currently serving on the executive leadership team at the Illinois Department of Corrections. She is instrumental in identifying and developing initiatives, policies, and procedures as they relate to department goals and programs.

Over the past 5 years, Shelith has been involved in the community by serving as the Chair of the Decatur Education Foundation, serving on the Decatur Celebration Board of Directors, volunteering for the Midwest Day of Impact for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and was a City Council Candidate. She is also a parent volunteer at Splash Cove, member of the Decatur Community Partnership Board, and Vice Chair of the Decatur Buildings Commission and Decatur Housing Authority.

“As a former City of Decatur and current State of Illinois employee, I understand multiple levels of government and the need to engage and be inclusive of all residents. I pledge to earnestly serve the people of our community, make tough decisions, and be a strong advocate for Decatur.” stated Hansbro.

The official action to appoint Shelith Hansbro is expected to take place at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, August 17.

4th of July Activities!

Click HERE for the parking map!

Staley Run White & Blue
Overlook Adventure Park
Compete in a re-formatted 1/2 mile kids run, 5K run, or join in the 2-mile fun run/walk. Register at Race day registration is also available. Register by June 21 to guarantee a shirt or tank, no shirt orders will be taken after this date. Registration includes admission to Splash Cove
from 9 – 11:00 a.m. Route begins at Overlook Adventure! Overall winners & finisher medals.

Time: 1/2 mile tot trot at 7:30 / 2 mile & 5k at 8 a.m.
Fee: Kids Run $20 by July 3; $25 on race day
Race/Walk, $30 by July 3; $35 on race day

Pump Track
Nelson Park
Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater
Come check out our new pump track and visit with our Park Police Officers from 4 – 6 p.m., track will be open until dusk. Safety equipment recommended.
Time: 4 p.m. – dusk

Music at the Devon – Imagine That Band
Nelson Park – Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater
Purchase Imagine That tickets at
Time: 6 p.m.

Splash Cove
Adults $10.50 / Youth & Seniors $8.50
Time: Open Swim
12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Scovill Zoo
Free carousel rides with paid admission!
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(last admission at 5 p.m.)

Overlook Adventure Park
$6 per person for 1 round of mini golf & $13 per person for a 3-activity adventure pass.
Time: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fireworks (in partnership with The City of Decatur) beginning at dusk!
Nelson park

Splash Cove Opening Day

Splash Cove will be opening for the second year on Saturday, May 28. The park is home to family affordable fun for all in Decatur and the surrounding areas. The facility features a lazy river, zero-depth entry leisure pool with an interactive play structure, wet deck, lily pad crossing feature, and vortex, an 8-lane lap pool with zip line, rock climbing wall, 3-meter diving board, 6-meter-high dive, 4 body slides, and a zero-depth entry baby pool. As well as a concession area with snacks and beverages.

This year, all minors 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 and older to receive admission to Splash Cove. All visitors who are 16 and up must show a valid state issued identification card at the admission window prior to entry.

Daily Admission

Ages 4 – 12: $10.50

Ages 13 – 64: $12.50

Ages 65+: $11.50

3 and under: Free

For more information on our Swim Lessons, Toddler Time, Family Swim and more visit the Decatur Park Districts website or call 217-619-8080.

Unexpired Term Applications Requested

The Decatur Park Board of Commissioners welcomes the submission of applications for the unexpired term.

The unexpired term has approximately one year remaining and ends with the election cycle of April 2023.

The board’s goal will be to find an individual who is committed to serving the Park District, involved in the community, and representative of the diverse population it serves.

Interested individuals must reside in the Decatur Park District boundaries and should submit the following information:

  1. Current resume that highlights experience, education/technical training and employment history
  2. A statement of interest that contains:
    • A summary of why you are interested in joining the Decatur Park District.
    • The history of your community involvement over the last five years.
    • What unique attributes and experience that you bring to the Board.

Submissions must be returned to the administrative office in a sealed envelope, attention Melanie Moore, Secretary to the Board, or by email at by 5 p.m. on June 17, 2022.

For more information, please call Melanie Moore at 217-422-5911.

Summer Camp Scholarships Available!

Summer Camp Scholarships Available! The Empowerment Opportunity Center is offering Summer Camp Scholarships for income-qualified families this summer!
Contact Carrie at 217-428-0155 or to apply!